SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove’s police department, which took the lead among local law enforcement agencies several years ago in joining the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) semi-annual pharmaceutical “take back” days – during which area residents can rid themselves of unwanted prescription medicines – is now making take-backs a daily routine, Chief Michael Foltz reported.
The department last week (May 8, 2013) installed a locked and secure “med return box” in its main lobby, accessible from the rear of the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. The box is generally available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any area resident, from Lower Pottsgrove or neighboring municipalities, can come into the station and drop their unused medications into the container without being questioned, Foltz said.
No identification is required, and no official police reports are completed.
The disposal site is self-service, and Foltz asks depositors to avoid disposing of any syringes, sharps or liquid medications. Additional instructions are posted on the box.
Those unable to drop unused medications off during regular office hours can arrange to have an officer return to station if they are available. The officer will then permit you access to dispose of your unused medications. All collected medications will periodically be turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.
For more information, call the department at 610-326-1508.
Photo from the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department